Take a moment to think about your security network. It’s made up of various parts and includes both software and hardware. Every part of that security system works hard on a daily basis to defend your network from cyberattacks. While it does that, it also creates a vast amount of data—not only on intrusion attempts detected and resolved but also on the different aspects of your security network. Having this knowledge bundled in reports that are easy to understand can help you improve your overall security.

What Is Security Reporting and What are the Different Types?

Every day your security network generates data, gathering information on the different features of your system. This includes specifics on the system’s components, vulnerabilities, behavioral analytics, attempted attacks, suspected malware, and more. Having this knowledge is helpful, as it can give you insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your cybersecurity.

Knowing where improvements need to be made allows you to make adjustments where needed, optimizing your network security. However, if that data is complicated and unorganized, it’s not very useful to you. Security reporting offered by a third-party managed service provider can compile and organize this information in a series of easy-to-understand reports and charts. These reports can vary based on the information you’re looking for.

Here are a few of the different types of cybersecurity reporting you should know about.

Risk

A risk report is a report that identifies, analyzes, and evaluates risk. Essentially, it’s a summary of your system’s weaknesses based on security scans. Without this information, it would be extremely difficult to determine whether your cybersecurity is adequate.

Site Diagram

This type of report creates a breakdown of the various assets that make up your network. Each asset is categorized and mapped out to show you the availability of these assets on your network.

Response

When it comes to cybersecurity, time can play a crucial role in determining how bad a cyberattack is—meaning you want your network to be ready to respond as quickly as possible to threats to minimize their impact. A response report focuses on how your system reacts to security incidents, measuring the speed of detection and how long the response takes during a security event. Understanding this can help you assess response windows, which could result in reduced downtime.

IT SWOT Analysis

SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The purpose of this report is to help your organization identify where your security is doing well, where it isn’t, and how you can improve. This offers perspective on the efficiency of your cybersecurity efforts.

Data Breach Liability

One of the biggest challenges facing most businesses is protecting their customers’ information. Having possession of your customers’ personal data—such as credit card information—makes you a prime target for cybercriminals. A data breach liability report analyzes and evaluates where you keep this information and how easy it would be for a hacker to find and access it.

Exchange Traffic and Use

A majority of computer infections happen because of social engineering tricks hiding in malicious email messages in your inbox. With exchange traffic and use reporting, you can monitor traffic and usage for all individual and aggregate mailboxes within your network.

User Behavior Analysis

This is a report that shows you all successful and unsuccessful login attempts. It can help identify accounts that aren’t properly configured or users attempting to access accounts they shouldn’t have access to.

SNC Is Your Go-to Provider for Security Reporting

New cyberthreats pop up every day. Does your network have the protection it needs? Strategic Network Consulting provides a variety of cybersecurity services to keep your business safe from malicious software. We offer a comprehensive list of security reporting services, including the ones mentioned in this post. Our mission is to help you understand your network better so you can take the necessary steps to boost your protection.

If you’d like to learn more about how our experts can help you reach your business goals, contact us today!